Exhibited Student Work
Student Work completed at Temple University Rome's Spring Semester and was later exhibited in the Foreign Architects in Rome
Temple Rome’s architectural design studio was broken into 3 distinct project types, each utilizing the Aurelian Wall as a historic and contextual element for design. One project was the re-design of the façade of an existing building that faces an ancient part of the Aurelian Wall The design of the facade figuratively used the ancient Roman ritual of the ‘death mask’, and takes a ‘cast’ of the patterns and textural features of the Aurelian Wall and supplants them onto the existing structure as an ‘architectural mask’. The result of the design creates a narrative between the building and the wall that evokes the city’s rich history and features. Another project featured the same site conditions, but uses a demolished part of the wall as an opportunity to design a modern gateway into the city. The design is the extension of two halls that exhibit historic displays and information about the wall, and creates a public promenade within the wall as part of a larger urban program. The largest of the three is a mixed use project along the Aurelian wall in San Giovanni Rome. The site lays between two historic churches; Saint John Lateran and Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. Taking into account the congested and underused space outside of Saint John Lateran, the axis of the church is extended into the site and creates a sunken piazza that is buffered by restaurants and shops. The architecture takes on the dimensions of the wall that contextualizes the project as part of the same language as the wall. Its narrow dimensions allow for additional park space facing the street to remain. Additionally, the structure of the mixed use complex takes on religious symbolism as its thick concrete structure forms that of the cross. The building is divided into twelve equal units that allows for porosity through the complex and is also representative of the twelve apostles led by Christ. As with any new design in Rome, it is critical for its architecture to be a part of its historic and religious context as much as it is important to function as an ascetic and functional body of architecture.